Tim Hart reports, “The final of the west regional qualifying section in the Cricket Scotland National Secondary Schools Cup finally took place on Tuesday 13 June, in Perth. As a result of logistical challenges in one of the other regional qualifying sections, both Hutchesons’ Grammar School and The Glasgow Academy were invited to take part in the National Finals Day, at Doo’Cot Park. Unfortunately, both schools were defeated in their semi-final matches – but it did mean that they met each other in the third/fourth place play-off, with the match also doubling up as the west regional section final.
“The match saw Hutchesons’ Grammar School record a 64-run win, thanks to Struan Walker (Clydesdale CC) playing a starring role. Batting at number four, he scored a superb 111 not out (an innings which included just the eleven boundaries) out of the Hutchesons’ Grammar School’s total of 168 for 4. In reply, 43 from Jack McCamley-Wilding (Glasgow Accies CC) kept The Glasgow Academy up with the required rate during the early part of their innings. However, the pressure to keep that scoring rate up proved to be too much, as the reply finished on 104 for 7.
“Walker’s efforts on the day (which also saw him top score for Hutchesons’ Grammar School in their semi-final defeat) resulted in him being chosen as the Player of The Tournament – and saw him receive a special prize from tournament sponsors CityLets.”
Tim Hart reports, “Hutchesons’ Grammar School (‘HGS’) have beaten Belmont Academy (‘Belmont’) to reach the final of the west section in the National Secondary Schools Cup. The match, played at Titwood, in Glasgow, (Clydesdale CC), saw HGS bat first at score 124 for 9 off their twenty overs. In reply, Finn Turner (Prestwick CC) scored 30 to give his side a chance of victory – but Aditya Mahapatra (Ferguslie CC) took 3 for 10, as Belmont finished 78 all out. HGS will now host The Glasgow Academy in the regional final.”
Tim Hart reports, “The Glasgow Academy are the first school to reach the final of the west regional qualifying section in the Cricket Scotland National Secondary Schools Cup. They beat Holyrood Secondary School (‘Holyrood’) by nine wickets in a semi-final tie played at Titwood (Clydesdale CC) on Wednesday the 31st of May. Batting first, Holyrood were bowled out for 61, in nineteen overs. Asad Khan (Clydesdale CC) top scored with 34, but the Holyrood progress was checked by left arm seamer Brodie Thomson (Glasgow Accies CC) who returned figures of 4-1-10-5 from his spell. In reply, Jack McCamley-Wilding (Glasgow Accies CC) scored 41 not out, as the target was chased in 15.4 overs.”
Tim Hart reports, “Wednesday the 24th of May saw the west regional qualifying event take place in the ScotRail Primary Schools Cup. The tournament, which took place at Titwood (Clydesdale CC), saw 65 players from six schools take part in a morning of matches. There were two groups – Group A having four teams (The High School of Glasgow, Kelvinside Academy, St. John the Baptist Primary School Team 1 and The Glasgow Academy) and Group B three teams (Hutchesons’ Grammar School, Merrylee Primary School and St. John the Baptist Primary School Team 2).
“After the twelve matches were completed, The Glasgow Academy were the winners of Group A and Hutchesons’ Grammar School the winners of Group B. Both schools now progress to represent the west region at National Finals Day. Thanks must go to Clydesdale CC for hosting the event and to the players from the Western Warriors Under 15s who helped out by scoring and umpiring (and for running some additional games of ‘Racing Cricket’) on the day.”
Tim Hart reports, “Congratulations to Hermitage Academy (Arygll & Bute) and St. Ninian’s High School (East Renfrewshire), both schools having qualified for National Finals Day in the Cricket Factory BIG Blast! competition. A report of the west regional qualifying event can be found online, here. Good luck to both schools as they now represent the west region at Finals Day, in June.”
Tim Hart writes, “Our Lady of the Missions Primary School became the first west region school to qualify for Finals Day in the ScotRail Primary Schools Cup. The school won their qualifying tournament which was held on Friday the 12th of May and featured six teams, from six schools, from the local authority of East Renfrewshire. Congratulations to the school – and good luck at Finals Day, in Perth, on Wednesday 14 June.”
Tim Hart writes, “The Glasgow Academy have become the latest school to progress to the semi-finals of the west section in the Cricket Scotland National Secondary Schools Cup. They hosted and defeated The High School of Glasgow, in a reduced over match. The High School of Glasgow were 63 all out in the final over of their innings – with Lewis Oliver (Glasgow Accies CC) taking 3 for 7. The Glasgow Academy reached their target for the loss of just two wickets, in the final over of their reply – with Oliver completing his fine performance, with 23*. They will now travel to face Holyrood Secondary School in the semi-final.”
Tim Hart reports, “Thursday saw two ties take place in the Cricket Scotland National Secondary Schools Cup. At Titwood (Clydesdale CC), Holyrood Secondary School hosted Wellington School. In a high scoring match, Holyrood scored 178 for 6 from their twenty overs. Their effort was led by a superb 128 (off 77 deliveries) from Asad Khan (Clydesdale CC) who was playing on his home ground and this was despite Hamish Simpson (Ayr CC) taking 3 for 22 from his four overs. In reply, 45 from Josh Martin and 43 from his Ayr CC teammate Richie Simpson, kept Wellington School near to the required run-rate – but they would finish just short, on 169 for 5.
“Meanwhile, at Shawholm (Poloc CC), Eastwood High School were hosting Hutchesons’ Grammar School. Hutchesons’ Grammar School batted first and scored 122 all out, largely thanks to a twelve-ball 35 from Struan Walker (Clydesdale CC). For Eastwood High School, Gautam Kakar took 4 for 9. Kakar then carried his good form into the reply where he top scored with 43. However, with Zakki Tariq (Clydesdale CC) taking 3 for 4 and Walker taking 3 for 11, Eastwood High School would finish on 104 for 9 off their twenty overs. Congratulations to both Holyrood Secondary School and Hutchesons’ Grammar School who progress to the next round – and commiserations to Eastwood High School and Wellington School who helped contribute towards two excellent matches.”
Tim Hart writes, “Nine schools from throughout the west region have entered the 2017 National Secondary Schools Cup. The competition runs on a knockout basis during April, May and early June – with the west region section winners going on to represent the region at the national finals, in Perth, in mid-June. Thanks to all school staff who have enabled their school to enter the competition, thanks in advance to any clubs who are supporting their local school – and good luck to all the schools in the competition.”
Tony Coyle writes, “It’s that time of year again – please find attached the entry form for the Glasgow Schools Cricket Association summer tournaments for juniors (Under 15) and seniors (Under 18). I’d be most grateful for an intimation of junior entries by the last week of April in the first instance – senior entries can be firmed up at a later point in the term.”